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Call for papers "Population, Food and the Environment" in the journal Population and Environment

Submission deadline: 30 July 2022

The focus of the special issue is on “Population, Food and the Environment”, and the Guest Editors are Raya Muttarak and Anna Dimitrova

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 seeks to “[e]nd hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.” The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) estimates that the global population affected by severe food insecurity increased to 750 million in 2019. This negative trend is likely to continue given the rise in poverty due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moreover, the increasing frequency and intensity of extreme weather events such as floods, droughts, wildfires, and temperature extremes induced by climate change adversely impact agricultural production. These events can directly affect livelihoods and food security through a reduction in food availability or indirectly through a reduction in agricultural income, increased unemployment, higher food prices, or violent conflict. The potential impact of environmental change on food production, distribution and access can have multiple ‘knock-on’ effects in other areas of human life, including health, migration, urbanization, and overall socio-economic development. Childhood malnutrition, for instance, which is closely linked with food insecurity, has long lasting impacts on health and wellbeing, ranging from physical and mental health, to cognitive development and labor market performance. Food insecurity can also influence population dynamics: fertility (e.g., through affecting maternal and fetal health), mortality (e.g., through increasing health risks), and migration (e.g., through disruptions of livelihoods or conflict). Given nations’ unequal vulnerability and capacity to respond and adapt to climate change, the impacts mentioned above will vary across geographies and population subgroups. Population, food and the environment are therefore closely connected.

For this special issue, the editors seek a range of empirical, theoretical and review papers from multiple social science disciplines, including but not limited to demography, sociology, economics, geography, anthropology, and public health. Topics may explore the complex interactions between environmental change, food security and a wide range of population outcomes such as health, fertility, mortality, migration, urbanization, educational attainment, and labor market performance. Papers may also offer projections of food security and related impacts under future population and climate change scenarios. We are also interested in papers that approach the topic from a different angle, including the role of population dynamics and food production systems as drivers of environmental change in the present and in the future. Theoretical or review papers providing comprehensive and critical discussions of the nexus population-environment-food are highly welcome. The Editors consider contributions at any geographic scale and locations.

The deadline for submission is 30 July 2022.

Please contact Raya Muttarak (muttarak@iiasa.ac.at) or Anna Dimitrova (adimitrova@ucsd.edu) if you have any queries about the Special Issue.

 

Scenarios Forum, 20-22 June 2022, Laxenburg, Austria

Session date(s): 20 June 2022 - 22 June 2022

The forum brings together a diverse set of communities who are using or developing scenarios for use in climate change and sustainability analysis to:
•    exchange experiences, ideas, and lessons learned;
•    identify opportunities for synergies and collaboration;
•    reflect on the use of scenarios; and
•    identify knowledge gaps for future research.

By taking stock of recent progress, reflecting on the use of scenarios in environmental assessments and policy-making, and facilitating further scenario-related research, this meeting will inform the use of scenarios in the preparation for the next cycle of IPCC Assessment Reports (AR7) and help ensure a research base sufficient to inform future national and international assessments as well as policy initiatives, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The Scenarios Forum will be taking place as an in-person and partly online conference at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) in Laxenburg, Austria.

For more information, see https://scenariosforum.org/

Location: Austria
 

American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting, 25 February – 1 March 2022, New York, NY, USA

Conference date(s): 25 February 2022 - 01 March 2022

Climate Mobility: Bridging Research to Policy - Session 1
Theme: Climate Justice
Chair(s): Alex de Sherbinin, CIESIN, Columbia Climate School

This session will explore the many environmental, social, political and economic factors that shape mobility, identifying underlying drivers of the various types of migration – from forced to voluntary to assisted relocation. A major but not exclusive focus will be on how this information can be used to inform policy and programs. Papers are invited that explore the sensitivity of climate mobility to climate stressors; review migration theory; examine approaches to assessing climate impacts on mobility; explore responses by national governments and development actors; review approaches to managed retreat and assisted relocation; and explore social protection mechanisms for those forced to move, among others. Examples of research or programs in low and high income settings are welcome.

For more information see
https://aag-annualmeeting.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/19/sessiongallery/3039

Climate Mobility: Bridging Research to Policy - Session 2
Theme: Climate Justice
Chair(s): Andrew Bell, Department of Earth and Environment, Boston University

Papers are invited that explore the sensitivity of climate mobility to climate stressors; review migration theory; examine approaches to assessing climate impacts on mobility; explore responses by national governments and development actors; review approaches to managed retreat and assisted relocation; and explore social protection mechanisms for those forced to move, among others. Examples of research or programs in low and high income settings are welcome.

For more information see
https://aag-annualmeeting.secure-platform.com/a/solicitations/19/sessiongallery/3351

Location: United States of America
 

Invisibilities in Population-Environment Research, International Geographical Union (IGU) 2022, 18-22 July 2022, Paris, France

Submission deadline: 11 January 2022

A panel on “Invisibilities In Population-Environment Research: Exploring The Role, The Processes And The Implications For Marginalised People And Places” at the 2022 IGU Centennial Congress organised in Paris between July 18 and July 22 2022 will be hosted by Drs. Marion Borderon and Raya Muttarak.  

The panel seeks to gather conceptual or empirical research papers which review invisibilities linked to marginalization of people and places in population and geographical studies or use invisibility to explore the possible biases in the current understanding of the population-environment nexus. Papers may focus on specific populations (homeless, the elderly, irregular migrants, LGBTQ+, sex workers, indigenous groups, among others) or sub-fields of research (i.e., environmental migration, climate-health, food security...). By focusing explicitly on the issue of invisibility in population-environment research, the panel expects to raise awareness and set a priority to include marginalized subpopulations in research practices.

For questions, contact the panel organizers:
Chair: Marion Borderon, University of Vienna, Austria (marion.borderon@univie.ac.at
Co-chair: Raya Muttarak, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Austria (muttarak@iiasa.ac.at)

The deadline for the abstract proposals is 11 January 2022, without extension.

For more information on Abstract submission, see https://www.ugiparis2022.org/en/abstracts-submission/29

Location: France
 

Associated Press Interactive Feature Visualizes New Global Urban Heat Extremes Data Set

14 December 2021

Associated Press (AP) has created an interactive feature visualizing the growing threat of extreme heat worldwide, using data produced as part of a study published last month led by Cascade Tuholske, Earth Institute Postdoctoral Fellow hosted by CIESIN.

The new data set, Global High Resolution Daily Extreme Urban Heat Exposure 1983–2016, developed under the NASA Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center (SEDAC) managed by CIESIN, combines temperature and humidity measures with population exposure estimates over three decades, to better understand growing heat extremes and the impact to vulnerable people, worldwide.  Learn More/Data Visualization

 

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